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sgtocaKitsilano, VancouverSince September 15, 2005103 Reviews
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Thai Spice1485 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Fool me once, fool me twice
Submitted Sunday, December 20, 2009 - 8:42pm [Dine in]

First visit here was a year ago. Four of us tried 2 starters, satay and a salad and for mains we had a seafood dish, pad thai and one other dish I can't remember that name. From that recollection, the food was bland and lacked any flavour that resembled true Thai food. If only Thai restaurants here bother to import the spices to retain authenticity but instead the flavours went 'Canadianized'. And by that, I meant lacking in spice, lacking in flavours and too sweet for my palate. Pad Thai here tasted of tomato sauce or ketchup instead of tamarind which is the essential ingredient for real pad thai. The other dishes were equally bland. And I hate to knock on service but they were painfully slow as it took over 40 minutes between dishes and the restaurant was not even half full....now fast forward to this weekend where I ventured again as I had a craving and they were closeby. Big mistake, BIG! I ordered Yellow Curry Fried Rice but was given Pineapple Fried Rice in my bag when I got home. Sigh. And I would have been sated had the Pineapple Fried Rice had any taste but the rice was clumpy and lacked flavour of any kind. I had to pile on my rooster chilli sauce to make it palatable. I was also made to wait any extra 25 minutes for my take out order in a near empty restaurant which made me question if they only had one stove? So sadly I am writing this place off my list forever.

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Thai Basil1215 Thurlow St, Vancouver
I'm definitely here for the food...
Submitted Saturday, December 5, 2009 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

This is the place to come for authentic Pad Kaprow and Pad Kee Mao, hands down the best I've had since my last visit to Thailand. I can confidently say no other Thai place in the city comes close to their authentic spices and flavours this place uses. Everywhere else is Canadianized but Thai Basil retained its true Thai flavours, without numbing down my Pad Kee Mao, I bit into peppercorns, Thai holy basil and noodles made perfectly. I have yet to try the curries or other rice/noodle dishes but you can bet your last $ I'm gonna. In fact, Monday I am returning for lunch and possibly Wednesday and Friday again. I heart Thai food and I am glad I found this place! The room is really small so don't come with a large group, their take out is efficient. The service was friendly and you can tell they remember and appreciate their regulars and I plan to become one very soon.

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Lin Chinese Cuisine and Tea House1537 West Broadway, Vancouver
Good lunch specials
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 11:00pm [Dine in]

I can only comment on their lunch combos cuz both times I was here for a quick bite. First time had their ginger beef and it was really good, crispy and sweet and had a nice kick to it, well portioned for a lunch special $6.99! Second time I tried their speciality honey prawns which was fried prawns coated then coated with a sweet mayo-ish sauce, it was good but a tad too sweet and rich for my liking, it tasted almost un-Chinese but nonetheless enjoyed. I have to give kudos to their hot and sour soup, its one of the best with loads of vegetables, mushrooms and it had the perfect proportion of hot and spicy, good for a cold night like this or when you are slightly under the weather and need some comforting soup. Overall, I'd recommend. Hope to try their steamed pork buns next time. Friendly smiley service and the decor is a tad tacky but who's there for decor right?

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Shanghai Wonderful Restaurant8380 Lansdowne Road, #110, Richmond
Good food but service kinda lacked
Submitted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

The food was good, the 2 of us had 4-5 dishes, from soup filled steam buns (xiao long bao), drunken chicken (cold chicken soaked in some kind of Chinese wine, strong alcohol content), crab claws, fish maw and veges soup, onion pancake and something else I cannot recall. Bill came to about $50 for the 2 of us not bad. The experience was bliss if not marred by the almost bland faces on all the servers. From the front counter person who sat us to the busser who brought tea to our server who was impatient in taking our order and actually sighed when I was contemplating on what dishes to order. I asked for one recommendation for something fried and she acted like I was asking for her to donate blood. The room was definitely up scale, not your hole in the wall Chinese restaurant but almost high end, comfortable chairs, well spaced tables, very clean and inviting. I hope to go again as Shanghainese food is healthy and delicious, well most of it except for the fried stuff. I just hope they train their staff to have a little more personality instead of walking corpses.

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Okada Sushi Japanese Restaurant888 Nelson Street, M101, Vancouver
Ample but overpriced?
Submitted Wednesday, April 1, 2009 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

I agree with a previous post on this place being kinda overpriced. A group of us went there for lunch today. This is my third time there and first couple of times were not great experiences but due to bad weather we trekked across. First the food was good but not out of the ordinary to justify extra $3 for a lunch box or $2 more for a chicken appetizer compared to other restaurants. I do find the sushi fresh but not any fresher than many other authentic Japanese-run sushi restaurants in town. The service was good though as our tea was regularly filled to the brim. However I did not find the restaurant staff friendly, there were no smiles from the staff nor the male person at the cash register, it was all very serious which took away the enjoyment of dining here. The decor was typical Japanese and nothing to write home about however the area that we sat appeared to have been stripped recently and had flourescent lighting that made me feel like I was eating in the lunchroom, probably a temporary thing I don't know. This place would definitely be a last resort sort of place for me, I can tell its popular but it doesn't quite appeal to me to go regularly.

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Falafel King1105 Davie Street, Vancouver
Decent enough for no warrant for follow up visit
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Checked out this place today at lunch. My shwarma plate came with rice that tasted old and the server dished out chicken that was pre cut and not shaved fresh from the hanging meat, so it was kinda dry. The salad was good and have the right lemon kick. The pita bread was definitely old as it took effort to break it apart and was extremely dry. Which brings me to miss my old fav Babylon Cafe which has moved so much further from my office. They know how to make a real shwarma plate. The interior was your typical joint with stool chairs no tables for group seating but I was not expecting comfort chairs but a good lunch and sadly that I did not get.

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Kakurenbou Japanese Dining793 Jervis Street, Vancouver
Go for the ambiance
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

For an izakaya, Kakurenbou missed the mark as I found the quality of incredients lacking. The salads and greens were your pre-packaged greens from your local grocery store or Costco, you know the big rectangular packages you find everywhere so no effort there. All they did was sprinkle some dressing and root chips so that was utterly disappointing. They need to learn how to prepare salads themselves from the likes of say, Guu or Hapa or many others. The chicken karaage with matcha salt was unique but the rice crispy coating albeit was nice to look at it lacked in taste and almost had too much batter. I did like the ebi mayo, it was tasty and worth the price. I would not recommend the scallop dish as it was basically one or two scallops thinly sliced with a sauce drizzled over and a few specks of fava beans, very disappointing. I love izakayas and having been to so many, Kakurenbou missed the mark by a long shot in terms of good izakaya grub but the interior was well done. But the food, needs work. I wish I could say I wanna return but with so many better izakayas within a block or 2 radius, nah. Once is enough.

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Mistral French Bistro2585 West Broadway, Vancouver
Our first visit and loved it
Submitted Saturday, November 29, 2008 - 4:59pm [Dine in]

Went there for lunch/brunch today. They had a list of specials ranging from duck salad to pork chop to venison and so many more. The first thing I noticed was the amount of variety on the menu and also a prix fixe menu. I opted for the Menu Provence and it was amazing! Started with the ratatouille omelet, followed by the braised pork cheek and finished with the chocolat mousse. It was all good. The servings were substantial and well priced. The service was attentive and our water glass was always filled. The owner came to check on us a few times and we like the attention. I think I have found my favourite neighbourhood restaurant and cannot wait to return again! The ambiance was pleasant and we also really enjoyed our window seat.

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Lime Restaurant1130 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
I like it?
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:46am [Dine in]

Food was not bad. We had lots of food shared among the 4 of us. Ranging from a sunomono salad served in a grapefruit to soba rolled into maki sushi to sashimi to beef ribs that is reminiscent of Chinese/Filipino food. The highlight was their martini’s. They had really good drinks and the list was exhaustive and very unique martini’s that were good although priced a little too high. I would anticipate the rent is not high compared to that of downtown Vancouver or Yaletown hence the $9 per martini and $18 for tuna belly sashimi felt a little exorbitant. We frequent Yaletown often hence am aware that sashimi can be expensive, say @ Blue Water or Sakana or Tojo’s in False Creek area, but on Commercial Drive where good value eats are abundant, it felt a little, I don’t know, strange. The room was nicely decorated with modern décor, chairs and a raised seating area in the back. The entertainment was ok, it was not why we were there so I won’t comment further. Having said all that, the sashimi was fresh, some of the fish items like sablefish and hamachi cheek were excellent. If you patronize thinking you can eat your usual Japanese dishes, it’s not that kind of place, its fancy but it felt like it did not belong. We left hungry after having spent $60 per person. Service was good though, friendly staff that knew the menu and made good recommendations.

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Aki Japanese Restaurant1368 West Pender Street, Vancouver
As authentic as they come
Submitted Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

In DOWNTOWN Vancouver, there's nothing that comes close to how authentic this place is. Tojo's is not downtown. I discovered this gem thanks to my spouse who brought me here for dinner before a movie. A sign on the outside says they've been around 1963?! Wow, that spoke volumes. Anyhoo, from the get go, I was impressed, we made reservation half hour before dinner and it was accepted and honoured. Tea, menus and hot towels were brought to us immediately. The menu was exhaustive, everything is on here which only mean one thing in my mind, can they do everything well? I decided to go for their Ten Zaru Soba and some sashimi. It was excellent, fresh and the tempura light, the batter was not your typical heavy stuff. The prices mind you were not cheap, the rent has to be expensive hence the prices. But the quality and quantity warrants the price. I returned again yesterday with a co-worker for some noodles, toro sashimi and robata and once again, impressed! The cod robata was marinated and grilled perfectly. It was tender like butter! The service was prompt and attentive despite the restaurant was full. The ambiance is traditional Japanese and I felt very comfortable during my dining experience. I cannot wait to return to try out the rest of their robata stuff. I cannot believe there's only so few reviews about this place becos OMG, they are so good!

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Iki Japanese Restaurant2756 W Broadway, Vancouver
I had high hopes but alas
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 11:35am [Dine in]

Ok, food was not bad. Took a long time for them to arrive, except for sashimi. The portebello mushroom salad came out 20 minutes after we were finished with our sashimi. I am a little confused as to what kind of restaurant IKI intends to be. The menu has sushi but also some izakaya (Japanese tapas) dishes and they excel in neither although the former was done better. The tapas that we orderd, mushroom salad and chicken breast teriyaki was quite sad. The 2 servers were running off their feet so kudos to them but I would unlikely return as the food was mediocre at best until they sort out the kind of restaurant they hope to be, ie izakaya or sushi then they may actually get my follow up visit. I would say they would do better as a sushi restaurant as izakayas would fail in Kits as its the wrong crowd. One plus about my dining experience though was the drinks came out really fast. But no free green tea here, 75 cents for a tea bag, that is sad no?

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Tequila Kitchen1043 Mainland Street, Vancouver
Finally good Mexican hits Vancouver
Submitted Saturday, July 5, 2008 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

Checked out this restaurant for a quick bite before a concert at GM place last night and I'd have to say from start to finish the experience was amazing. Our 6 pm reso was honoured and when we sat down we expressed the need to rush through dinner as we wanted ample time to trek to GM place the manager and our server was so accomodating to our requests and made awesome recommendations from the extensive menu and we were able to dine leisurely and sated in 45 mins. The servers were very friendly well versed with the menu and the ceviche, oh god explodes in your mouth! The portions were good for sharing and we loved the fish tacos. I cannot wait to return to try more and I hope their service remains this good even when they become immensely popular.

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My Thai20542 Fraser Highway, #107, Langley
not bad not bad at all
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

we had the fried yams, fried wontons, curry chicken, pad thai, stir fried pork with onions, pork with mushrooms and veggies, stir fried prawns with asaparagus. I like the service, true Thai folks own and run this restaurant, the food could have been more authentic but for Langley, it was good, nothing compared to some Thai places in Vancouver. I did enjoy the chicken curry the most, thick and flavourful. Pad Thai was disappointing, it was bland and too sweet. It was pleasant experience and will return again next time I am in the vicinity but will probably order my own entree next time so I can kick up the spice level to true Thai and not Canadian-Thai taste.

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La Buca4025 MacDonald Street, Vancouver
Can't really decide if I like it or not
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

so I'll go with no. First the location was hard to find. I live in Kits and still it took me a while. The room was tiny. Its one of those places when u phone in to make a reso, they will tell you up front only 2 hours for dining. When I arrived, this became understable cuz the room was tiny and cramped. If you are looking for a romantic place to dine then go elsewhere, tables are too close for that. The room is no bigger than a bedroom. The service was ample and depends on who you get. A male server was rather obnoxious. The food on the other hand is astounding. Good Italian dishes. The breadsticks on the table is another bonus, love em. So I said I am not planning on returning only because I am not a fan of cramped places nor do I want to rushed through my dinner. The food is good though, don't wanna discount them on that, but ambiance, service, and overall experience did not blow my mind so sorry, pass.

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Azia990 Smithe Street, Vancouver
Nice room, meah food
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 3:45pm [Dine in]

For an asian restaurant, the decor and ambiance is excellent. Rather modern and the tables were well spaced out and booth seat comfy. The food was decent. 2 of us had a lunch combo and the other diner has a rice noodle dish. Portion was small for the noodle dish, $12 for noodles served in a tapas kinda plate. I did enjoy the curry/dimsum/green beans/spring roll/rice combo I had, not bad for $12 either. The curry could be spicer but the spring rolls was served warm which is good. Its a fun place to eat but there's nothing authentic here so don't go expecting hard core laksa or Ipoh Hor Fun tasting like the vendors in Malaysia and Singapore, none of that here but for the nice room that it is, good service and somewhat decent south east asian cuisine, its not bad, really.

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Kamei Royale1030 W Georgia Street, #211, Vancouver
For downtown, its fine
Submitted Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Sushi was fresh, my teri chicken and tempura don was good. Not excellent but for what its worth, it was edible. The prices were higher but justfiable for the location as rent is not cheap on West Georgia. The portions however were small. The service I gave a solid as it was fast. The sashimi we had was fresh but the chef needs to go easy on the daikon. Its a good place for lunch or dinner but repeated business from me, nah cuz there's just too many far better Japanese restaurants in the city.

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Posh1788 W Broadway, #101, Vancouver
Not more than a '2'
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

The food was ok. The sampler that came out at first was the best, any food refill after that was just a mish mash of stuff thrown together on a plate so not appetizing when it arrives. But, for less than $14 all u can eat it is worth it. The beef and pork were sliced thinly and there were interesting vegetables that came with it. Service was slow but this is due to the crowd and lineup. This is not a place one can go back over and over again. The sauce that they used for the pot is tasty and sweet, I found the propane burner the restaurant placed on the table top was tacky. Felt it could have been better and classier if they had hidden the burner under the table or something but maybe that wasn't feasible. I will probably go back a year from now, and after I get the stench of a table top cooked food out of my sweater and jacket. That's right, don't go wearing your fav clothes cuz ventilation is not good here and stock up on febreeze.

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Whip Gallery, The209 E 6th Ave, Vancouver
Why the fuss?
Submitted Sunday, March 2, 2008 - 9:49pm [Dine in]

Checked out this place for brunch today. It was full when we arrived but short wait so no problem there. But I felt the food was less than mediocr. The omelet I had was decent but the potatoes that came with it was undercooked and the toast kinda pathetic. The service was rushed as when we were finished, before we can ask for a coffee refill or for the dessert menu, our server's line was 'oh you're done? can i bring the bill', this is the first time I have had a server said that. And there was no line up at the time. Granted its a casual joint but if I want bad service like this, I'd eat at home. I highly doubt I'd go back as there's so many better places for Sunday brunch and still I don't know the appeal of this place? Maybe its because there's nothing else close by. I went only because a friend organized this get together. Overall, not a good experience, not bad but definitely not good.

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Trafalgars Bistro2603 West 16th Ave., Vancouver
They are SO GOOD!
Submitted Sunday, February 3, 2008 - 12:34pm [Dine in]

We've really only been here for dessert and everyone knows they do that well but last night, us 3 braved the Dine Out Event here and I was expecting little but boy did they surpass my expectations! Everything from greeting us at the door to promptly seating us to the delicious food and decadant dessert was done very well. I had their steak and bistro fries entree and the fries were to die for. My friends had their spinach pasta with prawns and scallops and both of them raved it was one of the best linguine dishes they have tasted. Our server was personable, never imposing and overall they made the experience wonderful. I would go back to this restaurant in a heartbeat.

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Motomachi Shokudo740 Denman Street, Vancouver
Yay a new ramen house in town
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 1:48pm [Dine in]

I think Motomachi is affiliated with Kintaro as there was a sign at the window of the latter place promoting Motomachi. Both places boast of authentic ramen and true to their word. I love Motomachi's charcoal bamboo ramen. The broth was tasty, hearty and the pork delicious, its a little fat for the pork but you only live once and a slice or 2 once in a while won't kill ya. The room is much nicer and modern compared to Kintaro, prices about $1 extra but for the nicer and cleaner ambience, it was worth it. Service was good and I had an awesome lunch here last week and cannot wait to return soon.

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